Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is Still Needed

May 10, 2012 -

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) can't let the defeat of his bill go, and continues to insist that most of the provisions in his Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the House's Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are still needed. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week the Senator from Vermont bristled at the comments made by White House IP Czar Victoria Espinel, who said before the committee that maybe the problem of online piracy was solving itself through voluntary action.

"Voluntary efforts are wonderful and I am hoping the voluntary efforts will give us some confidence for the legislation we need, because ultimately we still need legislation." Leahy said after the hearing was over.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) concurred with Leahy:

"If I were the content people, I’d be working very hard to try to sort this out. It’s a technical problem within the Protect IP legislation that I think can be solved and they’re the ones who are the victims of massive crime every single day," Whitehouse said.

Sources: TechDirt, National Journal


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That is all I have to say on this matter.

Re: Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is ...

Senator Patrick Leahy knows who pays his bills. Move along, nothing to see here other than a paid politician.

It's up to us to keep SOPA/PIPA type laws at bay. Politicians aren't going to see this our way. We don't have our hand out like they do.

Re: Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is ...

That's like Stalin saying we need Communism.

Re: Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is ...

He just wants a goddamn internet off button.

Re: Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is ...

Yes like we need more thought crime laws........


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is ...

A pity that two senators that seem otherwise intelligent can't see what a kick on the balls of our rights PIPA/SOPA are.

That or they sold their soul to the entertainment mafia.

Re: Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is ...

Oh, Big Brother knows EXACTLY what he's doing!

Re: Sen. Patrick Leahy Says PIPA-SOPA Style Legislation is ...

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.  - James Madison.

Gentlemen, it is not today that we fear, it is the slow creep that you would start, and which would play out over the coming years.

"If you really want to enslave people, tell them you are going to give them Total Freedom." - L. Ron Hubbard
 
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